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Resources for Teaching Middle School Science
Level: Students, grades 4-6SuperScience Blue provides science material that fits into all areas of the curriculum and helps students see the science connections around them. Containing in-depth nonfiction articles and related hands-on activities, each issue explores one key topic, such as hurricanes, endangered animals, or the physics and chemistry of construction. Accompanying each issue (at additional cost) is a teacher's guide, SuperScience Blue Teacher, outlining article topics, related curriculum areas, relevant process skills, learning objectives, general background, suggestions on introducing subject matter, questions for discussion, and lab tips. A resource section cites related books for teachers and children. Regular features of SuperScience Blue include an "Ask the Experts" question-and-answer column, a "We Dare You" problem-solving challenge, and a colorful, instructive, foldout poster relating to the issue topic.
Issues/price: 8 per year; $5.95 per year for magazine only (free teacher's guide comes with 10 or more magazine subscriptions); $27.80 per year for teacher's guide and 1 student subscription. Availablefrom: Scholastic.
Level: Students, grades 3-83-2-1 Contact explores nature, science, and technology through short nonfiction articles accompanied by lively, colorful photographs and drawings. Examples of topics covered include animal-tracking satellites, the world of snowboarders, peculiar pets, and a journey through a rainforest. Each issue also provides games, puzzles, contests, and suggestions for hands-on activities. Regular features include "News Blasts" (brief items about enjoyable or exciting science stories), thought-provoking questions and answers, reviews of video and computer games, "Future File" (about scientific developments coming our way), and "Basic Training" (a set of hands-on computer instructions challenging students to solve a particular problem).
Issues/price: 10 per year; $19.90 per year. Available from: 3-2-1 Contact Magazine.
Teacher resourceWeatherwise is published by the Helen Dwight Reid Educational Foundation in association with the American Meteorological Society (see 11.14). This magazine includes well-illustrated articles on topics such as radar images of the internal structure and motion of clouds, the costliest thunderstorm in the history of the United States, and photographing tornadoes. Regular departments include "Front and Center" (on people, places, and projects); "Weather Queries" (answers to questions posed by readers); "Reviews and Resources" (reviews of books, videos, and other resources); and "Weatherwatch" (monthly maps and a discussion of each month's weather).
Issues/price: 6 per year; $9.75 per issue; $29.00 per year for individuals; $58.00 per year for institutions. Available from: Heldref.
Level: Students, grades 6-7; teachersWonder Science is published as a joint effort of the American Chemical Society (see 11.7) and the American Institute of Physics (see 11.13). Each issue focuses on a particular topic, such as optical illusions, weather measurements, magnifiers, or physics on the playground. Several hands-on activities related to this topic are included. Each activity is accompanied by a list of the materials needed and step-by-step instructions for teachers and students to follow. A 4-page teacher's guide with reproducible student work sheets is available for each issue.
Issues/price: 8 per year (4 issues each in October and January); $9.50 per year (teacher's guide with orders of 2 or more subscriptions). Available from: American Chemical Society.
9.56Your World/Our World
Level: Students, grades 7-8+; teachersYour World/Our World is a semiannual magazine of biotechnology applications in health care, agriculture, the environment, and industry. Designed to capture student interest and to explain difficult information in an easily understandable way, articles begin with basic information and slowly progress to clearly defined, more complex issues. Laboratory activities are provided. Feature articles include photographs of actual processes and structures related to the subject matter. Each issue is accompanied by a teacher's guide.
Issues/price: 2 per year; $13 per year. Available from: Pennsylvania Biotechnology Association.